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Addressing declining metropolitan park use : a case study of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sharyn McdonaldSharyn Mcdonald, G Price
One might expect natural area visitation to offer time-conscious leisure seekers a competitive, low-cost alternative to the vast array of activities available in a major metropolitan area. However, data obtained by Parks Victoria revealed that there has been a decline in the number of regional visitors to Melbourne's metropolitan parks over the past few years. Interviews with regional visitors highlighted the importance of the role that their Melbourne-based friends and relatives were as an information resource. This article investigates the reasons for the decline in park visitation by incorporating the viewpoints of both regional visitors and residents of Melbourne. Focus groups and in-depth interviews provided useful information about pull factors of metropolitan parks and how these parks should be promoted to attract more visitors.

History

Journal

Managing leisure

Volume

14

Pagination

28-37

Location

London, England

ISSN

1360-6719

eISSN

1466-450X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Publisher

Routledge